2005 League Cup


One of the biggest highlights under Terry Butcher was his ability to produce sides that could go on lengthy cup runs. The League Cup 2004/05 proved an exciting adventure. Greenock Morton were soundly beaten 3-0 at Cappielow. Inverness C.T were beaten 3-1 in the 3rd round. The Quarter Finals brought a tough draw in the shape of Livingston, they were seen off easily however 5-0 on their home patch, the Almondvale side were actually the holders of the trophy but couldn’t handle a rampant ‘Well side. The Semi’s was Motherwell Versus Heart of Midlothian at Easter Road, many fans have noted this as their favourite game. Stephen Craigan had the side 1-0 up with a fine driving header mid-way through the first half. Richie Foran would net from the spot in the second period to send the ‘Well into raptures as it seemed it would be the clubs first final since 1991. Davie Clarkson missed a glorious chance when he blazed over an effort which looked easier to score. Hearts however struck back with two late goals to send the tie into extra time. It seemed destined for penalties as in the two halves no side really made any real chances. However on 120 Minutes a run by Scott McDonald managed to pick youngster Marc Fitzpatrick on the left wing who slotted it low past Hearts keeper Gordon to send the Motherwell fans behind the goal into bedlam.

The final itself was named the “Cooper Final” as it had been ten years since the legend had died. It seemed so fitting the match should be Motherwell Versus Rangers. Sadly the game seemed to hit the side with a bit of stage fright as Rangers were 2-0 within 10 minutes. David Partridge did manage to net a bullet header but Rangers went in at half time leading 3-1. The side would lose the game 5-1 but sadly many fans pointed the finger at Gordon Marshall’s goalkeeping performance and after the game he refused to collect his runners up medal.